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"This short, powerful book should be required reading for anyone who has ever wondered what it's like to be an ordinary citizen living in a war zone. Shehadeh's view of the volatile Israeli-Palestinian conflict is certainly not neutral, dealing with his emotions and experiences during Israel's incursion into his West Bank city during the spring of 2002. It is, however, remarkably balanced for a man in his situation."
"A quiet but angry commentator on Israeli military actions, Shehadeh describes daily life during one stanza in the deadly antiphony: the bombing of a seder meal in March 2002 and Israel's invasion of West Bank cities. In this journal of one month, the author does not rationalize terrorist acts against Israelis, and his underlying integrity lends force to his protest against Israel's incursions into Palestinian areas....[H]ere [Shehadeh] provides an intimate view of living under curfew, listening to gunfire and explosions, detouring around troops and roadblocks, and having one's home searched or damaged. Amid these vignettes, Shehadeh expounds on the immediate context--the collapse of the Oslo Accord--up to the present stage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is indignantly critical of Israel and does not much praise Palestinian leadership."